Saturday, 5 March 2011

Lord Howe Island - a lagoon


LHI is a small crescent shaped extinct volcano crater, with the lagoon fringed on its east by pristine sands and on its west by a coral reef full of tropical fishes and a vast array of coral. This first image was upon our return from snorkeling from a glass-bottomed boat on the Sunday. In the background are (L) Mount Lidgbird (777m) and (R) Mount Gower (873m). They are both topped with rainforest.


On the Tuesday we boated across to North Bay for the day, walking the isthmus to Old Gulch, where the wind was way gusty to clamber around to New Gulch. After a BBQ lunch, we hiked 2/3 way up Mount Eliza which afforded thiswonderful views across the lagoon to the twin mountains at the southern end. The final image shows across the lagoon, with Blackburn Island dwarfed in the centre. All the while we were 'twitching' - hunting for the birds on our list. More of that detail from Monday on my travel blog, Hither & thither.

17 comments:

brattcat said...

Julie, these images from this adventure of yours, they are like ambrosia.

Miss Becky said...

you've a new fan in me. I cannot get enough of your spectacular images. thank you for sharing this glory. have a great day!

Peter said...

What a breathtaking place! Must visit

Luis Gomez said...

Gorgeous Julie!

Ann said...

I've seen a lot of the world and I still think this is the most beautiful place I have ever seen.

Kay L. Davies said...

I can see why there's rain forest on the mountains, if those wet clouds hover on top all the time.
Good for you, doing all that hiking and clambering. I'm pretty sure I couldn't, but, for birds, and for such spectacular scenery, I might be tempted to try.
These photos are all beautiful, but the final one is like a scene from a dream.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

bfarr said...

I guess the rain forest explains the interesting cloud formations. Great shots all.

J Bar said...

The scenery is magnificent.

Catalina Lemus Fett said...

Esas nubes sí que son extrañas... jejee


Grettings!

Emma Dalloway said...

Ah Julie, I love your blog. I love coming back to it. The tram images are particularly poignant - speaking of which, Ive photoshopped trams coming down George St - you may be interested. Anyway, thrilled to have time to come back to your blog and those remarkable shots about town.

diane b said...

Those clouds are amazing.

Joan Elizabeth said...

The clouds over the mountains have that spooky story book feeling about them .. pirates and treasure hunters and stuff.

Julie said...

Do you know the book 'Swallows & Amazons' by Arthur Ransome? I made a comment to this very feeling early on in the week, when we were sitting around discussing the books we had brought along, hoping to read.

TheChieftess said...

Wow!!! What fascinating cloud formations!!! And that bluuue sky!!!!

Jack said...

The top photo, contrasting beautiful natural scenery with the occasionally bright paint on the boats, is wonderful.

bitingmidge said...

I'm guessing you'd be happy with some of these shots? ;-)

Sensational!

P

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